Fishing


Uncle Johnny's Nolichucky Hostel


Established by John and Charlotte Shores in 1998. We provide a large range of accommodations, extensive shuttle service, hot showers, and secure (monitored) parking 68' from the Appalachian trail, in Erwin, Tennessee.

  Fishing the Nolichucky



Whether you are hiking the Appalachian Trail or traveling by car you should not miss the opportunity to fish the Nolichucky River.
The Nolichucky is a world class small mouth bass river with some small mouths exceeding 4 pounds. You may also find musky, crappie and catfish. During the months when the water is cooler brown trout may be caught and rainbow trout are abundant. The Erwin National Rainbow fish hatchery is only 7 miles from our hostel. This hatchery was established in 1894 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Last year the hatchery produced over 13 million eggs from four strains to support their fish management programs.
After approximately two and a half years the breeder fish are delivered by truck to the Chestoa Bridge only a few yards from our hostel and cabins. They have been pond fed, are bred for beautiful color and can easily weigh 3 to 4 pounds. Tennessee offers annual, 10 day and 3 day licenses. Children under the age of 13 need no licenses. Licenses are sold by local merchants and instant licenses are available 24 hours, 7 days a week from the Wildlife Resources Agency.
1-888-814-TWRA or online at
Tennessee fishing license information.

We provide easy access to the riverbanks for miles in each direction. For additional information on fishing the Nolichucky and other area rivers contact Appalachian Angler, who strongly support Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. They offer guided day trips, overnight trips and excellent instruction for novices and advanced anglers at 828-963-5050.